dìas 22 y 23 de expediciòn Juan ha superado los 500KM. Se encuentra en la Latitud 84º 27' 50", a menos de dos jornadas de alcanzar el ecuador de la expedición. Después de todo el apoyo que ha recibido en estos días tan especiales, nos ha enviado este vídeo de felicitación y de agradecimiento.
Juan hizo ayer la mayor distancia hasta ahora, 41KM en un solo día, a pesar de las malas condiciones de visibilidad por el fenómeno del whiteout. Ayer a mitad de jornada, se cruzó con el coche de apoyo de la británica Maria Leijerstam, quién ha alcanzado el Polo Sur en apenas 10 días de expedición. En triciclo, por una ruta más corta , 500KM, y en condiciones de FULL SUPPORTED, ha conseguido culminar con éxito su objetivo. Juan le manda su más sincera felicitación.
S 84°15.000' W 080°15.634' 6.2 nm
I was going to go for 8 miles giving me 16 for the day, but the 6.2 got me to 1/4 of a degree witch works for my goal of getting to 85° and half way to the pole on Saturday. I was actually making great time but I'm tired and figured some good rest will help me be ready to get my 16 miles tomorrow. And after all it is Christmas and so I should get a bit of a holiday
Friday, 27 December 2013
Maria claims two world titles
I've done it I've done it, I've done it! Maria claimed two world records this morning
as the first person to cycle to the South Pole from the edge of the continent in 10 days beating all other speed records.
“Her success was down to meticulous planning, super fitness both physically and mentally and pure determination,” said her mother Adrianne Leijerstam.
“From the time she was 12 years old and announced she wanted to be an astronaut, Maria has always been an adventurer. We are thrilled she has made it in such good time.”
Maria, a former management consultant, who now runs Multisport Wales describes Antartica as vicious. Her journey has not been without its problems. At one point the sweat on the inside of her boots froze to minus 35 degrees and each rest time she struggled to erect her tent in howling winds. For ten days she heated her freeze-dried food by melting snow on a small primus stove inside her tent.
Snow drifts, complete white outs and crevasses marred her passage but even so she was able to cycle the whole distance on her three wheeled recumbent PolarCycleTM
A two year planning and development programme by the White Ice Cycle team produced a unique cycle design that was then manufactured by Inspired Cycle Engineering of Cornwall.
Roald Amundsen, was the first person to reach the South Pole in 1911 using 2 metre long skis which made crevasse crossing easier for him. He was five weeks ahead of a British party led by Robert Falcon Scott as part of the Terra Nova Expedition. Amundsen and his team returned safely to their base, and later learned that Scott and his four companions had died on their return journey.